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  • - All right, hello everybody.

  • And thank you for all taking time

  • out of what's gotta be an incredibly busy day

  • to join us for this webinar.

  • My name is Karen White, and I am on the Product Team

  • here at Khan Academy.

  • I am also the mother of two girls, ages 12 and 17,

  • both of whom have been out of school since last Friday.

  • One with a distance learning plan

  • and one with no plan at all.

  • So we are definitely winging it here

  • in San Jose, California, while we shelter in place.

  • I'm sure many of you are as well.

  • With me today, we have Dan Tieu from our Marketing Team.

  • You can see him if you go to the next slide,

  • see him pictured there with his nieces and nephews.

  • And we have Sophie Turnbull in that picture

  • with a helicopter.

  • She's going to be talking to those of you

  • with little ones about how to get started

  • on our Khan Kids app which is designed

  • as a mobile app for kids two through seven.

  • I wanna thank our friends at Bank of America

  • for generously supporting our ability

  • to bring school closures resources to you at this time.

  • And finally, before we dive in,

  • I just wanna mention that this session will be recorded

  • and it will be sent out by email soon after

  • we finish this session.

  • Also uploaded to YouTube for easy access.

  • So if you need to step away, if you miss parts,

  • don't worry about it, it will be available to you

  • to review and to share with your friends and family.

  • So with that, today, we're going to help you

  • and your child get started on Khan Academy.

  • If you are a teacher, we're not gonna be going

  • through the teacher experience in this webinar,

  • but we're gonna send these slides out,

  • and that link on the right over there

  • that says watch this webinar,

  • that will take you to teacher webinar we recorded

  • earlier this week, it's fantastic and it'll give you

  • everything you need to get started there.

  • We're also not going to be doing a step by step

  • walkthrough of the setup, but in a couple slides

  • you're gonna see our quick start guides

  • that actually will do that for you quite well.

  • So, a little bit more about Khan Academy.

  • First of all, this came up in a number of questions

  • from the pre-webinar survey.

  • Khan Academy is free.

  • We are a nonprofit organization

  • and all of our instruction and practice is always free

  • to learners and parents and their teachers.

  • Khan Academy is a trusted source.

  • You can trust us because we've been doing this

  • for a long time, more than 10 years

  • with millions of users around the world.

  • All of our math courses are Common Core aligned

  • and our other non-AP math courses

  • include both Common Core material and additional content.

  • Our AP math courses are aligned to the AP standards

  • and as I mentioned, we served, even before

  • the school closure started, we were serving

  • well over 10 million learners around the globe every month.

  • And finally, Khan Academy is flexible.

  • The Khan Academy main app which is what I'm gonna be

  • talking to you about is available on desktop, web,

  • iOS, or Android, anytime, anywhere,

  • translated into over 40 languages.

  • Sophie's gonna talk to you later

  • about the Khan Kids app which is a mobile app only.

  • But Khan Academy is a main,

  • Khan Academy we're gonna be talking about

  • for the next 10 minutes or so,

  • is available on desktop as well.

  • So, now let's get into what it really means

  • to learn on Khan Academy.

  • And in our pre-webinar survey,

  • the most common question we got,

  • and thanks everyone who took the time to fill it out.

  • The most common question we got

  • was how do I figure out what my child should be learning?

  • That's a great question because if you're like me

  • you might not know exactly what your kids were up to

  • right before the school closure started

  • and you're certainly not used to teaching it, right?

  • I've been a mother to my younger daughter for 12 years

  • and I've been her teacher for about 12 hours.

  • So, I would say the first thing to do

  • is pat yourself on the back for trying to pull this off

  • during a time that has a lot of other stressors

  • in play as well.

  • So with that preamble, here are a few tips

  • to getting started.

  • First things first, look at your child's homework

  • and their textbooks.

  • If you have access to a parent or a student portal

  • for your school, you might be able to log in

  • and see what assignments your teachers,

  • your child's teacher have lined up before school let out.

  • That'll give you some clues as to where to start

  • their learning path.

  • If you don't have that, that's okay.

  • You can select a course on Khan Academy

  • based on your child's age and grade.

  • And you can navigate your way through that

  • any number of ways.

  • You can start with their very first lesson.

  • We're gonna talk in a few minutes

  • about how to start with the Course Challenge

  • to identify learning gaps quickly.

  • Or you can let your child choose where to start.

  • And even if your child chooses something

  • that kind of feels easy to you, that's okay.

  • Those early math skills are foundational

  • to more advanced math, and it's not necessarily

  • a bad thing to have your child review that material

  • and gain confidence and really just keep

  • the brain training going while we're in this

  • really unusual time.

  • Finally, for high school students

  • who are enrolled in AP or are studying for the SATs,

  • we have most pop, the most popular AP courses

  • on Khan Academy, and we also have our Official SAT prep.

  • I can vouch for that as a parent of a senior.

  • It is incredibly valuable.

  • My daughter used it as her sole way

  • to prepare for the SAT and was really, really happy

  • with her results.

  • So, overall, if I had to give you one mantra

  • to remember, it's this.

  • Some learning is better than no learning.

  • Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

  • There's all sorts of things that are being demand of you

  • right now and just get started,

  • it's very easy to course correct,

  • to change your learning path and make adjustments

  • as you go with Khan Academy.

  • So, next up, I wanna share those quick start guides

  • I was mentioning.

  • These links, again, this will be provided to you

  • after the webinar.

  • There are three different guides here.

  • Two for Khan Academy and one for Khan Academy Kids.

  • Just for a little bit of context

  • on why we have different guides

  • for younger and older children on Khan Academy.

  • It basically comes down to the fact that

  • there are some regulatory requirements

  • around setting up accounts for younger kids

  • that require your approval.

  • And so what we wanted to do was give you

  • the absolute fastest most efficient way to get started

  • based on your child's situation,

  • and these guides are customized

  • for the fastest path through

  • to get your child learning and then to get you

  • set up as a parent.

  • So, lots of support in there in those guides.

  • What I'm gonna do now is jump into what happens

  • once you're signed up.

  • And this is what you're gonna see first.

  • You're going to be offered the opportunity

  • to personalize your child's learning

  • by selecting their grade level

  • and seeing what courses we recommend.

  • Now, regardless of our suggestion,

  • your child can choose any course on Khan Academy.

  • So if you have a child who's really into math

  • and is generally performing above grade level

  • and loves a challenge, you can choose any course

  • that's right for that child.

  • Same the other way.

  • If you have someone who's struggling,

  • don't feel bound to the grade level suggestions.

  • And after you've done that, so you've selected a course,

  • you can select more than one,

  • you can always go back and add,

  • this is what your child's experience is going to look like.

  • The courses will show up on the home page

  • whenever they log in.

  • And you'll see that Khan Academy is designed

  • to give your child a lot of agency

  • in terms of where they're going to go

  • to do their next task.

  • And that can be great.

  • If you've got a child whose engaged and motivated,

  • let them roam around, let them take these things

  • in the order that sparks their interest and energy.

  • It can also be a little challenging and overwhelming

  • if you've got a younger child to have so many choices.

  • So one of the things we like to do

  • when we're in the classroom with young children

  • is say, follow the blue button.

  • You can see there that red arrow

  • is pointed at a blue start button.

  • That's pretty much always gonna be a good call.

  • It will essentially take the child linearly

  • through the course, starting with the most basic skills

  • and advancing from there.

  • So, always an option if you wanna give your child

  • a little bit more of a sense of where to go next.

  • So, once you've done that, if you were to click

  • into any one of those units,

  • those then turn into lessons that include instruction,

  • practice, and assessments.

  • If you look at where those arrows are,

  • you can see the practice exercise is on the right

  • and the instructional resources on the left.

  • So, if your child is practicing and is finding

  • that the material is a little bit challenging,

  • but not so challenging that they wanna move

  • to a different level.

  • They're likely to find an article or a video

  • or a series of them right next to that practice content

  • that can support them as they're practicing

  • and reinforce those skills.

  • And then, the other thing I wanted to mention

  • is this course challenge.

  • So every, most of our math courses

  • are gonna have this challenge,

  • and it's a great way to accelerate the process

  • of getting your child to that learning edge,

  • that place where they're struggling a little bit

  • in a productive way, but not so much

  • that they get discouraged.

  • And the way to do this is you scroll to the bottom

  • of the course page and you'll see this button

  • that says, start course challenge.

  • These do take a little bit of time,

  • so you wanna leave 30 or 45 minutes

  • for the child to get through that,

  • but what you're gonna come out of it with

  • is the sense of the skills

  • that they're really comfortable with

  • and the skills where they might need some more practice.

  • Especially given where we are in the school year,

  • this is a pretty good option for you

  • because there's going to be a lot of content

  • that feels familiar in most cases.

  • So starting at the beginning may not be

  • what you need to do.

  • The one caveat I'll say is at least if you've got

  • a child who is generally in the mode of performing,

  • being a high performer, the course challenge

  • can feel a little bit like a test

  • that they didn't get to study for.

  • I know for my daughter when I put this in front of her,

  • she was still in that mindset of I have to get an A,

  • but really what the course challenge is for

  • is identifying where she needs to practice.

  • So I needed to really kind of encourage her

  • and coax her along to make her comfortable with the idea